680 NEWS wine reviews April 2729, 2007
Fetzer Zinfandel 2005
We think of Zinfandel as the quintessential California wine, but it was first grown in the northeastern United States under glass as a table grape as early as 1852. By the end of the 1880s it became California's grape as the most widely planted varietal in the state. Zinfandel can make a range of styles from Beaujolais-like to big beefy red and even in Port style. A good introduction to this grape is Fetzer Zinfandel 2005. It's an easy-drinking wine, medium to full-bodied, with a sweetish plum flavour and a hint of pepper behind the vanilla oak. It's a good all-purpose wine for red meats. It costs $14.15 a bottle on the LCBO's general list. That's Fetzer Zinfandel 2005 from California. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($14.15, LCBO #234617).
Bouchard Père et Fils Petit Chablis 2005
When I first started writing about wine thirty odd years ago, Chablis was about the driest white wine you could find. It had a steely note with Granny Smith apple-like acidity. Lately I find that Chablis has become less tart and more round and fleshy like its southern neighbour Burgundy's Cote d'Or. That was until I found Bouchard Père et Fils Petit Chablis 2005, which took me back to that lively fresh flavour I used to know. In spite of that very warm vintage this Petit Chablis has that racy acidity that goes so well with seafood and light fish dishes. It costs $19.25 a bottle. And if you hanker for that old-style Chablis, pick up a bottle of Bouchard Père et Fils Petit Chablis 2005 on the Burgundy shelves at your local liquor store. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($19.25, LCBO #51466)